Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Yu-Lin (Katherine) Ma

Identification of Molecular Factors Regulating Fat Cell Biology

Our previous studies led to identification of a set of genes that are selectively expressed in fat precursor cells. I will study whether these candidate genes regulate differentiation and metabolic function of fat cells by performing gain- and loss-of function studies. Measured outcomes include lipid accumulation, fat cell-specific gene expression, insulin-stimulated glucose uptake and insulin signaling assay. This study will reveal novel molecular factors regulating fat cell biology.


Message To Sponsor

Thank you so much to all the sponsors for this program! Research is one of the biggest passions in my life, and I really appreciate the opportunity to continue learning in the Kang Lab this summer. This would not have been possible without your support. Thank you again!
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Major: Molecular & Cell Biology
Mentor: Sona Kang/ Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology
Sponsor: Cheunkarndee Fund
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